Swiss government: Pope Francis to visit Geneva this summer

Source: Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss government spokesman says Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June.

Federal Council spokesman Andre Simonazzi says details of the June 21 visit are being worked out, adding only that President Alain Berset would welcome Francis.

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St. John Paul II was the last pope to visit Switzerland, in 2004, one of his last trips.

Journalist Raphael Zbinden of Cath-info, an official media portal for the Catholic church in Switzerland, said Pope Francis’ visit was timed for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches, which is based in Geneva.

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